The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

It has been a really LOOONG time since I last blogged, but I have been busy reading, stamping and living life.  I LOVED this book!  The 57 Bus is a nonfiction, young-adult book.  The book opens with the best first chapter I have ever read.  In fact, I read it aloud to my 7th and 8th grade students as an example of cliffhanger, interesting word choice and stimulating non-fiction.  The crime that changes lives involves a lighter, a skirt, a bus, Sasha and Richard.

I learned about community and stereotypes.  I learned about agender and race.  I hope young adults read this book and learn also!

The card I made uses the polished stone technique as a background and the “Enjoy Life” stamp set.

Enjoy Life - Polished Stone Technique - K's Kards - Kristin Willberg - Stampin' Up

I wanted the background to represent fire so I used a technique called polished stone that I found on YouTube.  Here’s the link: Polished Stone technique.  Melissa Kerman talks about using a foil paper, but it just needs to be a glossy paper (Stampin Up’s glossy paper is now discontinued).  On the 5×3-3/4″ glossy paper, I used four ink refills that are discontinued colors because those were the only ones I had.  They are yellow, orange, red and pink.  The “Enjoy Life” stamps are inked in black Memento ink.

The card base is Real Red (looks pink in photo) cut to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, then folded at 4-1/4.  Once I made the polished stone front and stamped the “Enjoy Life” sentiments, I added a couple of black faceted dots and some black 1/2″ ribbon.

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Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Ink Refill

Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill

Hello Honey Classic Stampin' Ink Refill

Hello Honey Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill

Stampin' Trimmer

Stampin’ Trimmer

I hope you have a chance to read this book that reiterates the saying: think before you do.  Be kind!

Make sure to check out the Stampin Up website.  The new holiday catalog will be released on September 4 and I think it is one of their best.  A little something for everyone!

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Who hasn’t dreamt about being rich or having that ultra-rich best friend?  In Kevin Kwan’s novel, Crazy Rich Asians, he introduces us to a beyond comprehension rich lifestyle.  An example from the prologue:  the manager at a London hotel treated a family of traveling women and children disgracefully.  He removed their reservation and asked them to leave because they looked like drowned rats.  The problem was solved within an hour when the matriarch’s husband simply purchased the historic hotel.

The book was little slow at times but the extravagance described was unbelievable.  $40 million for a wedding and reception???  Kwan adds little footnotes that give explanations concerning slang, unusual foods and cultural oddities.  I may have to pick up the next book in the series!

The card I made needs little explanation as to why I made it.  It showcases the new Stampin’ Up set Bubbles & Bubbly.  I ordered this stamp set planning to make lotion/bubble bath gifts for friends and relatives.

Bubbles & Bubbly - Pamper Yourself - K's Kards - Kristin Willberg - Stampin' Up

Here’s how it goes down:  the base is Whisper White cardstock that is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 and scored at 4-1/4.  I cut a piece of Gold Glimmer paper to 5-1/2 x 4-1/4.  Then I placed it on its diagonal in the trimmer to make two triangles.  I used SNAIL adhesive to attach this in place.

I used the the bathtub stamp from Bubbles & Bubbly along with “Pamper Yourself”.  Both of those were stamped on Whisper White cardstock with black Memento ink.  I used water colors to color and then went over the coloring with an aqua painter.  The bubbles ended up a little espresso tinted so I went over them with Wink of Stella glitter.  I then fussy cut out the bathtub.  I put dimensionals on the bathtub AND then liquid glue on the dimensionals.  I have found that dimensionals don’t stick very well to glimmer paper, hence the additional glue.

The banner papers are 1 x 3 to 3-1/2. The banner punch was used on the end of the Whisper White sentiment and on a piece of glimmer paper.  I then used some retired gold glitter glue for a little sparkle with the sentiment.  This glue needs to dry for a LOOONG time, so be careful about “checking” it.    I used liquid glue to attach them together and then SNAIL adhesive to attach to card front.

I think that when I win the Mega-Millions or Powerball jackpot, I will recreate this card using real gold leaf and diamond flakes.  It may even have a picture of me in that bubbly bathtub!

Make sure to check out the Stampin’ Up website.  There are a bunch of awesome promotions going on including Paper Pumpkin specials, DSP sales and the holiday catalog coming soon.

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Gold Glitz Dazzling Details

Gold Glitz Dazzling Details


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

“Off with their heads!” is a line you may recognize having been uttered by the Queen of Hearts in the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.  Have you ever wondered why she says that?  How she became the Queen of Hearts?  Probably not.

In Heartless, Marissa Meyer gives the “behind-the-scenes” story of Catherine.  Her lost love, her life-changing choices and her angry demeanor all came about with reasons.  I really enjoyed all the characters in the book and some of the allusions to other works of literature.  Meyer made the Queen a person we can care about.

The card I created includes lots of hearts (really!) and a saying from the new Sunny Days stamp set.  “You can do the hard things” is a message to the Queen of Hearts to remind her that her choices led to her circumstances but that she will survive.

Sunny Days - Happy Heart - Owl Punch - K's Kards - Kristin Willberg - Stampin' Up

The base of the card is Whisper White cut into a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 piece.  Then I scored at 4-1/4.  The white paper with red hearts is from a retired designer series paper pack.  I cut the 6×6 piece into a 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 piece to cover the entire front of the card.  The Real Red paper is 5 x 3-3/4.  I used the Happy Hearts embossing folder to add some texture to the card.

I stamped the sentiment in Real Red on a piece of Whisper White scrap paper.  I trimmed it down to fit the size of the sentiment.  I punched three hearts using the owl builder punch.  It is retired but I located one on ebay.  It makes great owls and penguins.  I found some heart-shaped rhinestones at JoAnn Fabrics that I used to add some bling (queens like bling!).  I then attached the banner with dimensionals to give it some depth.

To create a full house of cards, go straight to the Stampin’ Up website.  Order three of a kind of papers or a pair of inks.  Sign up to become a Stampin’ Up demonstrator to earn a royal flush of benefits! Maybe you’ll start your own club in spades.   Jokers aside, enjoy your stamping!

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Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Builder Owl Punch

Builder Owl Punch

Big Shot


Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

My mother is a superb crafter.  My earliest memories are of her at a sewing machine or clicking knitting needles.  Her current passions are quilting, crocheting dish cloths, sewing flannel diapers and stamping.  The Persian Pickle Club reminded me somewhat of her, at least the quilting portion!

The book takes place in the 1930s during the Depression.  A group of women gather at each other’s homes to share scraps and quilt.  A city-fied newcomer joins the club and upsets the balance with some new ideas during a murder investigation.  I thought the story moved a little slow but I enjoyed the quirky characters.

The cards I made are inspired by the Crazy Quilts that the Persian Pickle Club created.  A crazy quilt is made up of scraps of fabric sewn into squares.  A person could design whatever pattern they wanted.  Here are my crazy quilts:

garden-impressions-party-pants-ks-kards-kristin-willberg-stampin-up.jpegI started with Flirty Flamingo cardstock.  I wanted to make 4×4 notecards so I cut the cardstock to 4″ x 8″ and creased at 4″.  I then used my favorite DSP paper–Garden Impressions.  I LOVE the colors and patterns, they are so me!  I started just cutting the paper into various sizes with different angles.  Then I played “put the puzzle together” by putting different papers together to make the quilt.  Don’t forget that each paper has a super-awesome pattern on the back!  Some of the papers were layered because I didn’t have the exact size cut.

The sentiment is from the retired stamp set “Party Pants”.  It was placed on a 2″ circle made with the circle punch.  I used a dimensional to adhere the circle giving it a little depth.

Keep stitching those papers while you knit yourself a fancy card.  I’ll see you soon!

Here are the tools I used to create my notecards:

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Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

This is my all-time favorite animal book.  I’ve read it about one-hundred times and I always cry at the end.  The book tells the story of a boy who buys two Redbone Coonhound pups, trains them and … (I can’t tell anymore, you have to read it!).  I don’t think myself or my kids would have the patience and persistence of Billy.  My card today gives away some of the ending, but I really want to send this card to the Colman family.

D is for Dog - Fresh Fig - Pet sympathy - K's Kards - Kristin Willberg - Stampin' Up!

The base is a Whisper White note card (it comes in a pack WITH the envelopes).  I used Smoky Slate paper cut to 4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″.  I used Fresh Fig ink to stamp the paw prints.  The paw came from a retired stamp set that I purchased on eBay.  I had searched for Stampin’ Up pet sympathy cards on Pinterest to find some stamp set suggestions.

The circle was cut from Smoky Slate paper using the 2″ circle punch.  The saying was stamped in the Fresh Fig color.  I used some white bakers twine to give it a verve then attached the circle with dimensionals to create depth.

I left the inside blank so that it could be personalized.

Hopefully, this card makes you “yowl” with joy and not “whimper” in sadness.  I have another card/book coming soon so until then–“RUUUFFF”!

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D Is for Dog

D Is for Dog

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